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to meet with leaders of the business world this afternoon politico is reporting that john boehner and his leadership team are making plans to meet with some of these very same executives. now the irony here is that obama and boehner still have no plans to meet themselves face-to-face. the two did meet before congress' thanksgiving recess along with the other two three members of the house and the senate. they had plans to meet again this week but still nothing is scheduled. it is not a great sign and shows that the two groups are practically incapable of working together. the last time obama and boehner tried putting together a big deal over the budget, that completely collapsed and this time around, the american people are getting less and less optimistic that congress will be able to reach a deal before the tax hikes and spending cuts kick in just 33 days. it is going to look bad for congress if they cannot get this done and some republicans are saying it's time to give in. politico's also reporting oklahoma representati
are meeting with the white house chief staff. john boehner is having some meetings with business leaders. meanwhile, the staff of the senate and the house and the white house are all meeting -- this purpose of avoiding the fiscal cliff which is now 35 days off or something. so first of all, two questions. how serious is it and what do you think is going to happen? >> it is potentially very serious that is if we hit the fiscal cliff and go over it and it stays in place. the deficit falls by $600 billion, the largest one-year reduction in history but will throw the economy back into a recession. unemployment will go from 7.9% currently to over 9%. i don't think that's going to happen. i do think we'll go over the cliff, not have a deal before it happens. i think it will be fixed shortly after this -- after they storm the castle with pitch forks and torches but this is potentially the worst fiscal policy since the end of the great depression when we went into an austerity program too early and threw the economy back i
and merciful. but he may not be so nice with the republican. turns out, speaker john boehner is back to his old tricks, refusing to compromise in the debt talks and holding the middle class hostage. even right after the election two weeks ago, he was all sunshine and smiles. >> i'm the most reasonable, responsible person here in washington. the president knows this. he knows that he and i can work together. the election is over, now it's time to get to work. it's pretty clear that the president was re-elected. obama care is the law of the land. >> i'm reasonable. i'm responsible. obama care's the law of the land. now, there's a guy the president can work with, right? wrong. politico says that boehner's opening offer to the president is to keep the bush tax cuts, cut entitlements, and postpone cuts to the pentagon. in other words, they haven't budged at all. how is that compromise? how is that reasonable? but it gets worse. speaker boehner now says the health care law should go under the knife. boehner says, quote, we can't afford it. we can't afford to leave it in tact. that's why i've been cle
. and you look everybody is saying it, john boehner, mitch mcconnell peter king lindsay graham, on and on and on. all of these republicans coming out and saying we agree, you can't do it by spending cuts alone. you have got to raise revenues and we're on board, and we're willing to break the grover norquist pledge. these guys have totally recognized the american people agree with obama, and so therefore they are going to change their ways. here is my advise to all of you, all right. don't believe it. this is a con game. this is a shell game that the republicans are playing. let's listen to some of the voices. here for example is saxby channedless. it's valid now but times have changed significantly. and i care more about this country than i do about a 20-year old pledge. >> bill: oh, yeah. he is setting himself up there as oh, man, i love my country, more than i love grover norquist. peter king yesterday. >> i agree entirely, a pledge you signed 18 years ago is for that congress. if i were in congress in 1841 i would have signed the declaration of war agai
appointed, new right young thing of the party and listening to john boehner's comments when asked if he's the leader of the party, there's disagreement in the party and bears remembering every time we have done this in the past election cycles, thought object who the likely candidates were, almost none of them ended up being the likely candidate. mitt romney is an exception and perceived to be a credible front-runner of 2012 and tim pawlenty. >> experience of '08? >> yeah. my point is -- >> traction. >> we project forward based on who's the luminaries now. it often is someone we're not looking at under current dynamics and doing 18 or 19 i guess the likelihood of one of the 20 the people -- >> primaries again. now let's talk about the fiscal cliff and house and senate leaders expected to meet with the president next week and hopefully negotiations will continue. staffers reportedly have made little progress over the last week. politico is writing this saying that the gop's opening offer, the sources said would freeze the bush era tax rates, change the inflation can clated for entitlemen
rights leader gave up his seat in congress after 17 years. in a resignation letter to house speaker john boehner writing in part, "my health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service in the house of representatives." jackson has been hospitalized on and off since june for treatment of bipolar disorder, seen here while a patient at the mayo clinic. cook county officials are weighing options for a special election to replace jackson. >> i think he feels that district needs somebody in a healthier position than he is to represent them. >> reporter: his letter makes some striking admissions about his own, "mistakes." jackson has been in talks with the justice department, as federal prosecutors examine whether he misused campaign money to buy personal items, including an expensive watch. jackson writes, "i am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone." jackson adds, "i pray that i will be remembered for what i did right." >> that was nbc's kell
relief with just two pills. >>> 12 minutes past the hour. house speaker john boehner says nothing is off the table to avoid that fiscal cliff, including obamacare. automatic cuts will start january 2nd if an agreement isn't reached. he said in an op-ed, we can't afford it. and we can't afford it to leave it intact. that's why i've been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation's massive debt challenge. >>> a special election following jesse jackson jr.'s resignation from congress. jackson says he needs to spend time, quote, restoring my health. jackson mysteriously disappeared from capitol hill in may and his office later revealed he was dealing with depression and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. health concerns aren't the only thing jackson is facing, though. ted rowlands is in chicago. good morning, ted. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yeah. well, the health concerns are significant. he had two stints at the mayo clinic. talking to family members, that was the main reason why he just couldn't move forward. and he gave his l
to figure out what our legacy is going to be. with john boehner showing up with the john boehner interview, obama carys t obama carries the law of the land. if the coalition, the pressure of the people that voted, the election, the results mean anything to the right, they know that they are in trouble, because they are losing voters. they are losing their messaging. they need this four years, especially the first two, if they want to keep the house. if they want to look like obstructionists for a solid eight years, that is no way to take back the white house in 2016. >> i do think they are going to be obstructionists. what i would like to see from progressives is the same kind of organizing that conservatives did that put all these crazy people in the house. this is a problem. we got our guy in. >> then, we are going to yell at him. >> so we can't yell. we can't say, black-faced republican. we can not say these kind of things. that doesn't make anybody change. what does make change is for people to be consistent. i will use one example from the african-american community. souls to the poll
want to see congress work together on this. president obama says he wants to. john boehner says he wants to. there you have the titans of industry in new york with their rich, mahogany furniture all saying we need to solve this crisis. yet here we are a few weeks away and we're still both sides sticking to their negotiations. there hasn't been a lot on what specifically would you do. this is going to be tight. >> it's going to be tight and everybody should brace themselves before the fiscal cliff comes the fiscal roller coaster and it's going to look dark before either it's totally black as senator mccain likes to say or before it gets done. my bet actually is on getting things done, but i have to say what's depressing about listening to chairman bernanke is how many times we've heard those words before about the last fiscal crisis, whether it's debt ceiling or something else, it really is time for congress to show it can get something done. >> this seems to poll very well, this bipartisanship. you know it. how come there's such difficulty both sides really not willing to nudge off
are off to a rocky start with house speaker john boehner writing an editorial saying he thinks the president's health care plan should be on the table. that is certainly something that both sides will go to the mat over, but i think there's a lot of pressure to get a deal done by the first of the year for the reason that you just cited. because if they don't, this will have a big impact according to a lot of economists on the economy and they just don't want to see that happen and bear the brunt of that. >> understandably so. quickly, the president's plans for today are what? is he there in the house behind you or elsewhere? >> reporter: he is in the house behind me. quiet day at the white house with his traditional thanksgiving dinner with the first family. i'm sure there will be all the fixings on the table, turkey, ham, a lot of different types of pies. yesterday president obama bardened a thanksgiving turkey cobbler and alternate gobbler and they went to a local food bank to deliver food there. president obama today delivering his weekly address wishing all americans a happ
that the problem is that you have john boehner, president and mitch mcconnell negotiating with the exact same congress that they had when they couldn't make a deal the last time. so i think until the personnel change, i'm not sure you can get a deal. >> and juan kessler, the fact checker for "the washington post," has reported that, you know, you have to come from, like, some point point. you have to have a negotiating point to start with. he said democrats and republicans haven't even agreed on a baseline yet. they're about $3 trillion apart because of ending the wars, medicare, other cuts. so how do you come to some agreement in what is a numbers game really if you don't even have a number to start with? >> i think one of the things we'll see happen here is the idea of a grand bargain, of one deal that gets all this stuff averted between now and -- it's not going to happen. it doesn't seem that there's anything that would suggest that they'll be able to get to that point of putting this all together into one deal. so what will happen is they'll figure out some solution that gets us past the
speaker john boehner. he wrote, "over the past several months as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish." the drama around jackson began this summer when the congressman disappeared for weeks. the public, even members of his staff, didn't know where he was. finally, in late july, the mayo clinic revealed jackson was being treated there for what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder and depression. his famous father uncharacteristically quiet about the matter. >> the fact is, the congressman is under medical supervision and is right now regaining strength. >> reporter: jackson was released in september, then readmitted last month. his return to the clinic came amid reports that the congressman faced a federal investigation into the potential misuse of campaign funds, including allegations that jackson used thousands of dollars to redecorate his washington, d.c. townhome and that he used $40,000 to buy a rolex watch for a female friend. even so, jackson was easily re-elected to the house just a few weeks ago. even though
. >> reporter: in his letter of resignation to speaker of the house john boehner, jackson wrote, "my health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible with service in the house of representatives." the son of civil rights leader jesse jackson, jackson, jr., mysteriously disappeared from public view last june. it was later revealed he was undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder. jackson was reelected earlier this month, though he did not actively campaign, recording only a single message for his constituents. but his health may not be the only factor in jackson's decision to resign. for more than a year, the washington field office of the f.b.i. has been investigating the possible misuse of campaign funds, according to federal sources, who say discussions about a possible plea deal began in just the past few weeks. today, for the first time, jackson acknowledged that investigation. a plea deal does not appear to be imminent, jeff. late today, jackson's lawyers put out a written statement in which they said, "we hope to negotiate a fair resolution of the matter, but the process c
campaign funds to buy jewelry for a mysteries and remodel his house. in a letter to speaker john boehner he said i am aware of the on going federal investigation into my activities. i am doing my best to cooperate with the investigators and accept responsibility for my mistakes. they are mine and mine alone. none of us isee tune from our share of short come eupblgs or human frai hume trail tees. gregg: explain what happens to his seat. >> reporter: we expect to have a date for a special election in four days. pat quinn will make sure th the election is fair and as economical as possible for the taxpayers who have to foot the bill. that being to you. gregg: thanks very much. ainsley: back to the breaking developments an on benghazi. ambassador susan rice breaking her ten-week silence and defending her actions. when she said the attacks came from and anti-muslim film. >> i relied solely and scare leon the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us th the definitive answers. ainsley: joi
. house speaker john boehner sending an ultimatum to the president saying his healthcare plan has to be on the table as congress works to avoid a fiscal cliff. >> a new report of the death of usama bin laden reveals shadowy details of the at-sea burial of the world's most wanted terrorist. a cloud hanging over excited shoppers on black friday as workers at the nation's largest retailer get ready for a possible walkout on the busiest shopping day of the year. heather: we can see groups of walmart employees demanding higher pay and better benefits and urging employees to walk out if the demand are not met. with the national labor relations board holding off on a ruling until after thanksgiving, it looks like thousands of shoppers could see serious disruptions. james rosen live for us in our d.c. bureau. >> reporter: heather and rick, happy thanksgiving to you it's an unusual situation when walmart seeks protection from the national labor relations board. that agency was only handed this case last friday. federal investigators have been deposing witnesses and reviewing documents in a
the debt limit unless forced to by john boehner. >> and by the way, john boehner is talking about having to get the majority of a majority on tax issues. he's not going to get a majority of majority on debt raising. >> much harder on the debt ceiling than taxes. >> that's what i'm saying. i refuse to vote to raise a debt ceiling when they were trying to raise it to $5 trillion. it's something you don't do unless you get a lot of cuts on the other side. >> and it's not a game. because if you don't raise it, we saw what happened last time, you can get your debt downgraded and has real economic consequenc consequences. and that's why when people think about the fiscal cliff, we all assume that sane minds will prevail and they'll come up with some deal. there's no guarantee that sane minds will prevail. and recent history would suggest that sanity almost never prevails in washington. so you can assume it's going to be more difficult than we think. you can assume that the bush tax cuts might all go away for a short period of time. and you cannot assume they just raise the debt limit. you cann
jackson jr. has resigned. in a letter to house speaker john boehner, jackson cited his ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder, and admitted to, quote, my share of mistakes. there's a house committee investigation into his dealings with rod blagojevich and a probe into possible misuse of campaign money. >>> the violence in syria continues today. at least 40 people were killed in the town of aleppo. this is not the first time this hospital has been shut. earlier this year an artillery shell hit a maternity ward. >>> secretary clinton and president obama and mahmoud morsi brokeringed a cease-fire. no sirens, have you heard any? >> reporter: no, that's right, alex, all quiet, no sirens here. there were a couple earlier in the day in the south. they turned out to be false alarms. the cease-fire went into effect 9:00 last night local time, which is about 18 hours ago. so it's a hopeful sign. of course, it's early days yet. when the cease-fire was announced yesterday, the palestinians in gaza were ecstatic. there was celebration, thousands of people in the streets firing guns into the air for c
speaker john boehner and republicans want bigger cuts in government spending. thanksgiving gave lawmakers a quick break from the fiscal cliff conundrum. now it's time to hunker down and get back to business. >> reporter: after meeting with president obama before the thanksgiving holiday -- >> i want to welcome the congressional leadership here. >> reporter: -- congressional leaders expressed optimism to reaching a deal. >> we had a very constructive meeting with the president. to talk about america's fiscal problem. >> we have a corner stones of being able to work something out. >> reporter: staffers have been working behind the scenes to fine common ground. among the big sticking points how to bring in more tax revenue and reduce spending on programs like medicare. but it's not yet clear when lawmakers and the president will meet next. even if some progress is made this week a final deal could still be a long way off. >> we rarely see the hill and the white house make decisions early. they tend to do better when they have a deadline so i would be pleasantly surprised to see it, a deal em
in john boehner putting together a good package. he is very conciliatory in his language. >> i do am opposed to raising tax rates but i do believe we can close loopholes. >> they have to go up real tax rates or effective tax rates. there are ways to do that. secondly we have to close significant loopholes. martha: all right. what are we hearing here? are he starting to hear a little bit of common ground? a high level meeting as you just heard on the fiscal cliff is expected this week at the white house with the president getting involved. nobody knows exactly when that will take place and who all of the players will be. we'll talk to senator sessions. bill: listen carefully on the language as we work through this. nearly all americans will see their taxes go higher if congress does not reach a deal by the 1st of january. 158 million americans would be affected. every household in the country would pay 3500 more in taxes in 2013. 88% of households would see their taxes rise. martha: even the white house is warning that the uncertainty of a potential tax hike could hurt american retail
in this to john boehner he has been under treatment for emotional problems and has been under fire from the fbi and the house ethics committee. despite all of these problems, chicago voters have reelected into his 10th term in congress. >> just like pumpkin pie, it was an annual white house tradition. however there was a new twist with allowing facebook users... cobbler was declared the winner >> they say that life is all about second chances. this november, i could not agree more. in the spirit of the season, i have one more gift to give. it goes to a pair of turkey's called cobbler and gobbler. the american people have spoken. these birds are going forward. we love this burg. >> visitors to mount vernon virginia will be able to visit this-bird between thanksgiving and christmas. they will both be retiring on this a state (male announcer): now, here's stanley roberts who found people behaving badly. car horn there is so much love in the air! i do not know of that qualifies. and could that person stop? welcome to the berkeley ball or they are offering by one chil and get month f.but this must h
with house speaker john boehner, and they talked about a great phone cal, courteous phone call, they say, but that aides talked about how each side talked about the importance of not making all these public statements so that each side could have room to negotiate. if there's movement being made, we don't know that yet. athena jones, thank you very much. >> coming up in about ten minutes your brain on the fiscal cliff. don't worry. there is a cure. >>> speaking of a whole lot of money, the powerball jackpot is now the largest many the game's history. an estimated $425 million. even though no one won last night's jackpot, people in eight states won $1 million prizes for matching five numbers. the winning numbers were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50, and the powerball was 34. it was the 15th drawing in a row with no jackpot winner. the next drawing wednesday night. >>> clashes on the streets in egypt. anti-government protests sparking outside the capital. now a call for millions to take part. we are live in cairo. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet.
to house speaker john boehner just a little more than two weeks after winning re-election. and an extraordinary moment in basketball. a great game would be a player scoring in the high double digits. but what about scoring in, get this, the triple digits? that's what grinnel colleges jack turner did. his teammates kept passing him the ball. grinnell college sophomore jack taylor kept sinking it. again and again and again. 138 points against faith baptist bible college topping the national record that has stood for more than five decades. >> coming into the game, my teammates and my coaches wanted to get me some more shots to try to get my confidence going before we enter conference play. and so i knew i was going to get a few more shots than usual. >> at halftime he had 58 points. his second half even better with 80 points. >> there's a point in the second half where i hit seven or eight threes in a row on consecutive possessions. and at that moment i kind of knew something special was happening. >> taylor thanks his teammates for their unselfishness, but you can
not to raise taxes. plus, house majority leader john boehner sounding more and more like republicans won't be easily won over during tax talks. the mering fiscal cliff next. >>> and it was a normal thanksgiving morning until this multi-car wreck. how some 100 cars collided in texas. >> it was just a kmpl seconds, chain reaction. crazy. flashed right before my eyes. i don't spend money on gasoline. i am probably going to the gas station about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount that i forget how to put gas in my car. [ male announcer ] and it's not just these owners giving the volt high praise. volt received the j.d. power and associates appeal award two years in a row. ♪ throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. >>> a lot of people in texas say they are lucky to be alive today. that's after this massive
people like john boehner say that mr. president, he won the election, it's time for you to lead well. >> we have to face reality that the american people gave the president a do over. the house and the senate, the same position we were in two months ago. the american people may have given the government a do over, but they don't expect a status quo. they want decisions to be made in a bipartisan manner. republicans are willing to meet the president halfway. but he is the leader of the country and it's up to him to propose a plan. it is up to him to provide negotiations and coalesce the deal. a deal can be made and all parties have to come together. we have to give up some revenue. they have to give up some spending. at the end of the day, it is probably a very good deal. jon: are you hearing any whispers as to what kind of shape this deal could take? >> i think it's pretty clear that they're going to do something that will get us past the fiscal cliff. they will open themselves that they are kicking the can down the road. what they want to do is have longer-term negotiations about th
? >> reporter: yes. >> thousands over the years. >> reporter: he keeps them all on file. here's john boehner's pledge, signed 20 years ago. if somebody signed this 10 years ago, 18 years ago, 20 years ago, are they still bound by it? >> when you got married, did you wife think there was an expiration date on that pledge? >> reporter: he says anybody is doomed. but with the fiscal cliff just months away, and a re-elected barack obama insisting that tax increases must be part of any budget deal, key republicans are now talking about ditching the pledge. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> reporter: even republicans who say they are willing to violate the pledge say they will only do so by closing loopholes, not by doing what the president wants to do, which is raising tax rates. >> so, the sides, still far apart. meanwhile, we heard about susan rice, the ambassador going up to capitol hill today, to meet with many of her critics. and it does appear that some of the crit
but that will happen. the market will be going up and down on small indicators. is john boehner smiling or frowning today? we'll have a lot of volatility for the next two or three months because i do think it's going to be two or three months. i think this is going to go into january. i think close to a 50% chance we'll go over the fiscal cliff temporarily. the market won't react well to that so it's going to be very, very bumpy couple of months here. >> that said, seasonally, i was told not too long ago, the period between thanksgiving week and december 3rd, the past 20 years has been positive for stocks for 17 of those 20 years. is there going to be any kind of hope for a santa claus rally here, michael? >> i think there is. that's simply because pessimism has reached a level of extreme that historically has led to higher markets over the next three months 81% of the time. the average market gain when pessimism has gotten to this low a level has been about 7%. i think when you look at the basic, you know -- we have three rules to guide our tactical trading. don't fid the fed. obviously on our sid
sent a letter of resignation to house speaker john boehner while his chief of staff delivered copies in illinois. >> can you tell us how he's doing? >> he's doing good. >> jackson wrote, my health issues and treatment regimen have become incompatible in the house of representatives. but his deteriorated health is not the only factor. in his letter he does admit to mistakes. jackson has been in talks with federal prosecutors who are looking into whether he misused campaign funds to buy personal things, including an expensive watch. i am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alobe. alone. wednesday, jackson's father called the resignation painful. >> it's a moment for our family and we'll face the day tomorrow with prayer and we find support in so many people. >> jackson's lawyers say he is cooperating, but it could take months to resolve his legal issues. illinois officials are looking at options for when to hold a special election to fill the vacant seat. and i
's stupid. >> john boehner said no rates are going up two weeks ago. >> so the other one is total gridlock, which looks possible at this point. >> then you get a fiscal cliff scenario. that's when those cuts actually kick in and there is no other way to say it. it will be pretty bad. you'll get tax increases and budget cuts. some fiscal conservatives would say that's the economy, which is only growing at 2%, would take such a jolt. i think the markets could do down below 10,000. >> your third scenario would be a grand bargain. what would that look like and would this be good for obama's legacy? >> it would be great for his legacy. he believes his legacy is about fairness. one of the things he has run on, follow him economically, i'm very concerned about it, is this notion of tax fairness. that the rich have gotten richness while the poor have gotten poorer. there are statistics that back that up. but he doesn't really take into account the economic impact of raising those upper rates. it's more than upper rates that he wants to raise, it's taxes on dividends, capital gains to pay for obam
senator mitch mcconnell and speaker john boehner, they all spoke with the president, over the weekend by phone, about the fiscal cliff. here's what jay carney said. >> forecast to be done, work is continuing to take place, the president spoke with both senator reid and speaker boehner over the weekend as you noted. he'll continue to have outreach with -- as he promised he would with various stake holders, business leaders and others this week. as well as conversations that are ongoing between his staff and folks on the hill. that will continue. we hope to see progress. >> and meeting with the leaders? >> i don't have any scheduling updates, but you stole my thunder a little bit, but, yeah, he spoke with speaker boehner and senator reid over the weekend and, you know, he will meet with them at the appropriate time as well as obviously nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. so, you know, the process that he began is continuing. we continue to be optimistic that a balanced approach is achievable. >> again, jay carney there moments ago speaking at the white house daily briefing. and if this fi
% of americans. >> house republican speaker john boehner says the gop is looking for a deal that cuts spending and closes tax loopholes and some deductions rather than raising tax rates. back to you guys in new york. >> steve: all right. north lawn of the white house, thank you. >> gretchen: see how we all got the blue memo? we all look so nice together. she had on a blue scarf. >> brian: the question is, what is laura ingraham wearing. >> steve: i know one way to find out. >> gretchen: oh, yellow. hail to sweden. >> steve: how are you? >> hey, guys. nice to see you. >> steve: what did you make of this, the white house is saying unless the republicans roll over and do everything that the white house wants with this fiscal cliff at the conclusion of the year, you mean old republicans will ruin christmas economically for the country? >> yeah. it's the gop who stole christmas. who is going to be narrating this? who will play the dog with the fake antlers? it seems we've seen this special before. the sky is always falling when president obama wants to cram down legislation or initiatives without r
? and so if right now the question is how do you do that? well, john boehner went to the white house ten days ago and said, hey, republicans in the house are willing to 0 put revenues on the table. that was a big move, right? and we said we are going to do that in the name of trying to fix the problem to respond to the electorate that re-elected this president, but at the same time we say we weren't elected to raise taxes. we want to help people get back it to work. >> so is it safe to say there might be a scenario in which that pledge would not apply or would be put to the side for compromise? >> you know, mika, i haven't talked to grover norquist so i don't know what he wants to do with his pledge. what i know is the constituents that i represent and i believe most american people want to see, number one, more jobs created. and let me tell you a story that i think is relevant to this question. i was in montana during the campaign and i met a gentleman who had taken a job as a cook at an airport restaurant. and he told me, please fix this problem because i want to get back to my profess
on the decisions he made for the congress? like with john boehner, having members over for lunch, members from camp david, these might be the steps that could be helpful in his relationships on capitol hill and affecting the president's agenda. >> the president is very interested in engaging with lawmakers from both parties in order to achieve their shared goals, which has to do with growing the economy, increasing job creation, making america a safer and stronger. he will continue to do that in the same ways he did that in his first term and i am, -- confident that he will continue to do that. that the reality of modern day washington is different from how it was in 18 01, to use a timely example. so, the notion that you can solve all of those problems over a cocktail is a bit overrated. but he is certainly interested in in gauging not only with lawmakers, but civic leaders, lawmakers, but civic leaders, business leaders,
. when will john mccain -- when will speaker boehner just stop and move on? >> richard, doesn't this go to the point heather was making which is we had an election, elections have consequences. >> right. >> and unless you're the house republican majority, in which case maybe they don't, david fromme, a recovering conservative of sorts made a political observation that in the last six presidential races, republicans have won a majority of the votes, exactly once in 2004. here we are again in a post-minority moment, and they are acting like they have the biggest mandate ever. >> yeah. you know, they're asking for the cranberry sauce when they need to cook the turkey first. they need to have the deal done, do the work, and then think about the rest of the agenda. all the trimmings of the, you know, health care and everything else they want to do. first thing's first. compromise. they know this is going to happen. this is the head fake. this is them saying, we really are trying to go for something else, but first of all, we've actually got to compromise because we lost. >> who's the head fa
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